Heather J. Ketchum

PhD Student | Philosophy and Theology

Heather J. Ketchum
American Baptist Churches (USA)


Heather J. Ketchum (she/her) is a first-year PhD student in Philosophy and Theology. Heather’s research interests are in apophatic/negative theologies, critical race theories, queer theories, and theologies and phenomenology. Heather completed a Master’s Thesis entitled “Resurrected Discipleship: Bodily Resurrection, Time and Hope,” arguing for a concept of “Resurrected Discipleship” which engages the life, death, and bodily resurrection of Christ as possible inroads to holding the complexity and fullness of a person’s narrative in the face of violence. Heather is keenly interested in queer failure, queer time, the body as a site of hope, anti-black racism and white supremacy.

Heather earned her MDiv from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with a concentration in systematic theology. She earned a BA in Communications with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication and a BA in Theology with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, both with honors, from Colorado Christian University. Heather serves as the Assistant Minister for Madison Avenue Baptist Church in Manhattan and is an ordination candidate in the American Baptist Churches (USA).

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Scholar and Theological Educator

Kathleen M. O’Connor, Class of 1984

“Informal time in discussion groups with faculty and students discussing feminist theological literature altered my views, excited my spirit, and greatly influenced my teaching.”